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Lesley S. Herrmann: The Art of Teaching History

NYC-based Gilder Lehrman Institute has more than 65,000 original primary source documents in your collection. Why is it important for students to learn from primary sources?

Lesley S. Herrmann: These documents date back to 1493 and include manuscripts from George Washington, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln. They help teachers move history out of the textbooks and let their students see it through the eyes of the people directly responsible for shaping American history.

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Teacher of the Year Tim Bailey: On the Importance of Connecting with the Past

Why is it so important to understand history? “Because history is the common experience that binds us together as a civilization,” explains Tim Bailey, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2009 National History Teacher of the Year. “If we do not understand where we came from and how we got here, we cannot understand where we are going and what it will take to get there. This cannot be a one-time conclusion that people reach, but a generational legacy.”

How can you bring history lessons home?

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